Reflections by Therese-Adèle Husson
The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France (The History of Disability D)

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 In the 1820s, several years before Braille was invented, Therese-Adele Husson, a young blind woman from provincial France, wrote an audacious manifesto about her life, French society, and her hopes for the future. Through extensive research and scholarly detective work, authors Catherine Kudlick and Zina Weygand have rescued this intriguing woman and the remarkable story of her life and tragic death from obscurity, giving readers a rare look into a world recorded by an unlikely historical figure.   Reflections is one of the earliest recorded manifestations of group solidarity among people with the same disability, advocating self-sufficiency and independence on the part of blind people, encouraging education for all blind children, and exploring gender roles for both men and women. Resolutely defying the sense of "otherness" which pervades discourse about the disabled, Husson instead convinces us that that blindness offers a fresh and important perspective on both history and ourselves.  In rescuing this important historical account and recreating the life of an obscure but potent figure, Weygand and Kudlick have awakened a perspective that transcends time and which, ultimately, remaps our inherent ideas of physical sensibility

 

About Therese-Adèle Husson

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Husson was the author of numerous novels and essays published in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. Catherine J. Kudlick is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, and author ofCholera in Post-Revolutionary Paris: A Cultural History. Dr. Zina Weygand is a researcher at the Laboratoire Brigitte Frybourg pour l'insertion Sociale des Personnes Handicape'es at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Me'tiers in Paris and is author of numerous articles on the history of blind people in France.
 
Published February 1, 2002 by NYU Press academic. 174 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Their detective work in finding Husson's novels (published under a pen name) and other early writings on disability is notable and provides a useful background for this valuable work of early feminism and disability studies.

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